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                                          Book of the Week


Daughters of the Pacific

by Zohl de Ishtar


 

As North Korea moves closer to attack on Guam
 
What do we know about Guam?

We have a large airforce base in the north and in the south a big navy base. When we ask the Americans "Why do we have all these bases, why do we have all these bombs in our island?", they say, "Oh, It's for your protection." Well, I say, "For an island that's only thirty-eight miles long, that's a lot of protection." 

Melissa Tatiana, Guam, 1989

You can read more about Guam and the effect of the American protection policy on many Pacific Islands in Daughters of the Pacific by Zohl dé Ishtar.

Indigenous women from across the Pacific - Hawai'i, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Marianas, Guam, Belau, Fiji, Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Te Ao Maohi/Tahiti Polynesia - have a voice in this book. For most of the world, the tiny island nations of the Pacific are barely known, but the events that have taken place in those nations during the twentieth century have global consequences. Without understanding that history, the world will be doomed to repeat those mistakes.



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